We’re heading into Season 9 of “Doctor Who” this fall and over 6,000 San Diego Comic-Con attendees waited for hours to hear directly from Steven Moffat, Michelle Gomez, Jenna Coleman, and The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi — in his first appearance ever at a Comic-Con! Panel host Chris Hardwick welcomed Hall H Whovians with a recap of everything that happened in Season 8.
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Steven Moffat on Peter Capaldi: “He’s a very distinct voice, and he’s Scottish, which is better.”
Host Chris Hardwick turns to Michelle Gomez: “Luckily, I never know why I’m saying what I’m saying … I try to stay as present as I can on the day. It’s one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had. It’s a thrill … to be the Master.”
Peter Capaldi: “It’s the only show that is in my bones, very deeply. I’ve followed it since I was six years old. It’s the only show that I’ve been in that I knew and loved.”
Big awwww from the audience, of course.
Michelle Gomez, on The Master: “I think he or she or it, is everyone’s idea of the best villain you can have. She just has a kind of attitude where the rules don’t apply to her. It’s her life’s purpose to chase get The Doctor understand that she’s right.”
Steven Moffat: The Doctor and The Master are best friends. It’s a friendship between a vegetarian and a hunter. It’s like: I like to kill the people for fun; doesn’t mean we can’t have a lovely time together.
Peter Capaldi on The Doctor’s viewpoint:
“Life is s***. There you go. Scottish philosophy.”
Peter Capaldi: “He is not a soldier. He’d rather sit in the car park at night, looking at the stars. He’s not a military figure. He’s a bohemian slash philosopher slash rebel Time Lord.”
What is going to happen in Season 9? The audience is about to check out a trailer!
Season 9 will premiere on September 19, 2015
Steven Moffat on Maisie Williams: “I can’t say a single thing about it.”
Can a companion ever have a normal life again? Jenna Coleman says Clara “is a multitasker, but seeing all of time and space is addictive.”
Chris Hardwick: With this Doctor, it seems like he has much more of an open-door policy for the TARDIS.
Steven Moffat: Well, Peter has such a friendly face. But he’s more relaxed.
Peter Capaldi: Is The Doctor a nice guy?
We live in a world where everyone is supposed to be accessible. The Doctor though is a special creature. He’s not a guy. He exists on a total different plane. But if he were a guy, he’d have my face and be a really nice guy.
Audience question: Every character has someone iconic about them. What is yours?
Peter Capaldi: “This eyebrow thing.”
Jenna Coleman: “I have no idea.” (Steven answers, “eyes.”)
Michelle Gomez: “Lips.”
Michelle Gomez: “The question is, who kissed who? And who let go? And you’ll see if you play it back, Peter had some suction there.”
Jenna on her transition from working with Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi: “There aren’t many shows where you swap out the leading man mid-scene. It was a rollercoaster. It was saying goodbye to one dear friend and hello to another all at the same time.”
Audience question: “What are you opinions on eventually having a female Doctor?”
Steven Moffat: “There is no vacancy… but my opinion is obvious from the show. His name. I think I’ve explained myself as clearly as I can within the show. You have to read the subtext.”
Jenna on a female Doctor: “I think it will happen at some point, but it’s about the right actor.”
<Peter ponders an episode in drag, or The Doctor’s sister appearing…>
Audience member who is cosplaying as Donna: “Do you think that the 12th Doctor would ever want to travel with any other companion and who would it be?”
Peter looks carefully at her before answering: “He loves traveling with Clara. But he’d like to see his granddaughter again.”
Big sweet sighs from the audience.
Missy’s perfect day? Michelle Gomez: “Tea, a little croissant, and then slapping Wonder Woman in the face.”
Chris Hardwick: Why do you think (The Doctor) is so enamored of humans?
Peter Capaldi: Budgetary reasons.
Steven Moffat: For the record, I have no problem with Sherlock and The Doctor meeting.
I’d do anything for a laugh and a tart. Not an actual tart. No offers.
Jenna Coleman: “Someone described this show to me once as ‘an imagination explosion.'”
The trailer the Comic-Con audience got to see has now been released! Check it out above.
Quick trailer of LEGO Dimensions is shown, and as Chris Hardwick said, it will melt your brain.
And with that, Peter Capaldi’s first Comic-Con experience comes to an end. Thanks for following along!